For Leila, Seriously Sexy Boudoir's resident shutterbug, sexiness isn't about how much skin a woman shows, but how she shows it. During one- to two-hour boudoir and maternity boudoir sessions in a private, female-only studio, her all-women team guides guests through each pose. Whether with a suggestively arched back, pouty lips, or a flirtatious wink, the team works to ensure that every image has a sultry touch devoid of redeye, which only serves to seduce Terminators. For an additional fee, Leila provides professional hair and makeup work, top-notch lighting, impressive sets, and appropriate wardrobe suggestions to enhance the experience even more.
Afterward, Leila invites clients back for an unveiling, where they can review every image and examine samples of products that can preserve their favorite shots. Leila digitally retouches each picture in her digital darkroom before creating prints, high-resolution images, or photo albums.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
With 20 years of shutterbugging experience, Helen’s Place at Colonial Photography is adept at capturing timeless images in its casual studio or at the picturesque outdoor portrait park. After you choose your location, the skilled photogs will work out their camera-clicking appendages and capture your family, favorite sweetheart, or law-school-graduate gerbil in a fury of photogenic poses. One outfit change and up to 147 facial expressions are permitted during the laid-back, one-hour session.
To Angela Smith, the entire San Antonio area is a photography studio. A specialist in natural-light photography, Angela conducts outdoor, on-location shoots, typically at locales of her clients? choosing. The natural process allows her subjects to pose at venues of personal significance, such as the site of a marriage proposal or the site of a taffy-factory accident that left them attached together. During shoots, Angela often eschews conventional poses in favor of candid, active shots, encouraging her clients to relax and have fun while in front of the lens. Though each photo shoot is a collaborative process between client and photographer, Angela recommends that most shoots take place either before 10 a.m. or in the late afternoon or evening in order to work in the most ideal lighting conditions and allow for the extremely long lunches her camera demands.
Photographer Deanna loves everything about the pin-up era and tries to re-create its timeless images with glamor shots of red-lipped models dressed in mid-century fashions. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Drive-In Magazine, which showcases pin-up girls, classic cars, and antiques. Plus, she's an official photographer for the pin-up magazine Delicious Dolls Magazine. During photo shoots, subjects sport cuffed cigarette jeans and heels and pose in yellow '56 Ford Thunderbirds or don tropical prints and a giant flower in their hair and play the ukelele. No matter what '40s or '50s persona the client wants to embody, Deanna suggests sultry poses and equips them with professional hair stylists and makeup artists.